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Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Job Details

Full Time
4 Year Degree
$130,000.00 Salary
Human Resources


Associate Vice President for Human Resources

Reports to: Chief Human Resources Officer

Direct Report(s):   Director, Total Rewards and People Experience

                              Director, Talent & HR Business Operations


The Associate Vice President for Human Resources is responsible for overseeing the efficient and quality execution of all internal business operations of the Human Resources, and Total Rewards & People Experience functions. The incumbent will serve as a member of the organization’s Executive Council.

Vision & Leadership (30%):

  • Upholds the agency’s mission and articulates a vision for HR, and a clear plan of action steps aimed at advancing that vision.
  • Drives and sustains change; champions best practices for attracting, engaging, retaining and developing Graham’s workforce.
  • Thought leader and strategic partner in co-developing and updating Graham Windham’s strategies for workforce and for the Talent, Development & Support team.
  • Creates and maintains a psychologically safe working environment.
  • Models and promotes dependable, responsible, professional and accountable behavior as well as positive team and organizational norms which align with Graham’s pillars; effectively collaborates with teams and colleagues across the organization. 
  • Actively confronts and discourages negative behavior, attitudes and norms; models enthusiasm and participation in team and organizational activities.
  • Helps to define issues, informed by data as appropriate; extracts and validates information to help lead towards “solutions” when alternatives, information and objectives are ambiguous, deciding on the best uses of time and other scarce organizational resources.
  • Communicates insights regarding our workforce with the leadership and executive teams and others as appropriate.
  • Creates shared ownership for successful outcomes and accepts accountability for unsuccessful results.
  • Communicates transparently and constructively.
  • Leads inclusively and builds trust with colleagues and business partners.
  • Upholds and champions the organizational vision objective of leading as an Anti-black racism organization.

Team Capacity Building, Upskilling and Sustainability (35%):

  • Recruits, develops and supports a diverse, talented and committed (internal) team.
  • Listens, builds trust with, coaches, teaches and supports staff.
  • Provides clear and consistent feedback on performance strengths, opportunities for growth and progress towards short, medium and longer-term goals.
  • Invites and accepts feedback from others including direct reports.
  • Demonstrates commitment to continuous learning, development, up-skilling and growth.
  • Ensures consistent celebration of achievements and illustrations of recognition and appreciation to direct and indirect reports and colleagues.

Management & Organization (35%)

  • Convenes regular (no less than bi-weekly) supervision with each direct report; holds meetings with each HR team on a bi-monthly basis.
  • Achieves and maintains respectful, welcoming environments which allow staff to interact respectfully with each other.
  • Uses data to drive efficient operational processes; insists on the organization, efficiency, transparency and superior customer service of each HR team.
  • Ensures accountability for quality work and results, without compromising the dignity of others.
  • Responds to time sensitive and high-risk matters with urgency, professionalism and with thoroughness.
  • Ensures the SMART implementation of all new workforce and/or HR-related processes, systems and/or technology solutions.
  • Ensures the development, maintenance and adherence to a SMART HR initiatives’ plan with specificity regarding what, who, how and when deliverables will be.




  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources management, or related field required + five (5) years of relevant experience including experience managing teams in a fast-paced environment.  Master’s degree or equivalent + three (3) years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Professional certification in Human Resources (PHR, SPHR, HRCI etc) a plus.



Key Competency Areas:


  • Adaptable
  • Active Listening
  • Integrity
  • Coaching
  • Collaborative
  • Conflict Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Decision-making
  • Delegation
  • Empathy
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Problem-Solving
  • Resilience
  • Results-oriented



Other Requirements

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. 
  • Excellent time management, organizational, relationship building, active listening, problem-solving and presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytic skills
  • Mastery of Microsoft office products WORD and EXCEL
  • Strong computer/technology skills including working knowledge of Human Resources Information Management (HRIS)systems.
  • Ability to role model leadership behaviors under stress.
  • Ability to evaluate &interpret information and to make independent sound and reliable judgments/decisions.


Position Type: Full-Time, Hybrid; Salary: Starting at $130,000 DOE